Gaumont Bromley 1950s

Cinema was very popular then (there were nearly 5000 cinemas in UK, as opposed to less than 1000 now and audiences in the 50s were four times larger than in the 70s). Full audiences were the norm, even for matinee performances. You were shown to your seat by an usherette and enjoyed an ice cream at the interlude. Smoking was more prevalent then, so that added to the atmosphere. I was fed a diet of Hollywood Westerns, WWII dramas and British comedies — and the Pathe News! My parents did not own a TV until I was much older so the cinema and radio were their (and my) only entertainment. The growth in TV ownership gradually killed off the cinema.